I'm sure they are too. I'm not making much sense I know. Just...maybe extremists would listen to 'their own people' and maybe ignorant people who tar all Muslim believers with the same terrorist brush would back off a bit or something? I don't know. It's just so upsetting and honestly it feels as if these attacks are going to be almost impossible to prevent.
And then I worry about 'revenge attacks' on innocent people. I mean people were slaughtering sting rays in 'revenge attacks' after Steve Irwin died. Lots of people are lots of stupid.
I get what you're saying harvs. I wish these great interviews that Muslim leaders are doing would get front page coverage.
As for changing the minds of ignorant people who tar all Muslims with the same brush, I can't speak for anyone else but personally I've given up on that. It's been over a decade since 9/11, we've had Mosque open days, harmony days, marches, leaders on TV denouncing terrorism (which rarely even gets media coverage) but enough is enough, some of us are tired of having to constantly apologise for something that isn't our fault. Some of the things I see on social media and in the real world have convinced me that there are people who are so full of hate towards Muslims I doubt anything would change their minds; and that's their problem not mine, I can't take responsibility for having to change their narrow minded views.
according to the morning 'breaking news' the 2 brothers have been killed - along with 4 hostages
1 female terrorist still out there
- high profile progressive Muslims whether they be politicians, academics, actors, activists, comedians or otherwise.
- those actively supporting Muslims in poorer, undeveloped countries to provide education not just to children but adults, skills and health care.
I think there is also a lot to be said about learning the basics of Islam. This can then enable people to articulate and reason the valid issues with aspects of Islam as opposed the current situation where we are given 2 points of view:
1. The redneck "Muslims are all [insert derogatory adjective] and should go back to where they came from.
2. We need to be tolerant of all people regardless if they are intolerant, advocate undesirable practices/values and if we don't we're a bigot.
In the interest of supporting some progressive Muslims here are some links!!
Negin Farsad - an American comedian, actress, writer and filmmaker of Iranian descent
The Moral Courage YouTube channel has quite a few clips of inspiring Muslims and their stories.
I have been trying to find the name of a British man who from memory was jailed for terrorism/extremism but is now very much a progressive Muslim and advocates a much more progressive form is Islam. I just can't find his name anywhere. GRRRR!!!
Molly Melching - founder of the Tostan NGO who has driven programs throughout Senegal and other African countries bringing education based on human rights, employment skills and significantly - helped to significantly reduce the frequency of FGM in these communities. (Melching is originally from the USA but Senegal is predominantly a Muslim country.)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Academic, writer, former politician and activist.
She was recently interviewed on the ABC on her thoughts about the events in Paris and what she believed to be the solution is to the issue of radical Islam and violence/terrorism. (link) Her background gives her an inside understanding of Islam and extremism.
Dr Hawa Abdi who is a doctor and lawyer living in Somalia with her daughters who are also doctors. She runs a refugee camp for around 90,000 women and children that includes a hospital and school. Link to TED talk
Mukhtar Mai - a Pakistani woman who defied social custom that expected her to suicide after a particularly brutal rape and went on to open a school for girls to provide education to girls as means of empowerment. (She enrolled herself when she first opened the school as she had not been to school before.) She also opened a school for boys. Her foundation continues to support girls and women in poor areas of Pakistan receive a basic education. (link)
There are PLENTY of others but these are just a few people who came to mind.
There have been a number of instances where people have left the Westbro Baptist Church, most notably about 2 years ago 2 sisters left. In an interview one of them described the point where she started to question her own beliefs - it was during very civil online discussion with a Jewish man who pointed out that if they believed homosexuals should die, how can Jesus redeem/forgive them? (link)
The WBC isn't really worth worrying about to be honest. They are about 30 people who will eventually die out (they can only marry within the Church). The very worst thing they do is be highly offensive - they thrive on publicity so the best course of action is to ignore them. To the best of my knowledge they have never threatened to carry out violence to forward their cause.
Eta: sorry, just saw the girl at the bottom, but she may not have had anything to do with it.
Last edited by HollyGolightly81; 10-01-2015 at 12:51.
They picked France also because it has the largest Muslim community in Europe and they hope that these Muslims get ostracised by the terrorists exactions.
Last edited by ExcuseMyFrench; 13-01-2015 at 18:20.
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